On March 19th – 20th, 2014, Stetson University – Center at Celebration hosted the Stetson Think Tank Retreat, a group of experts in their respective fields that provide a great gauge, and source of influence, to help guide our continued innovation and relevancy. They have increased our innovative and strategic thinking exponentially along with enhancing our current and future program deliverables.
Clay Maxwell, from Peer Insight, facilitated the two-day event using a design-thinking format. Clay is a gifted enabler of organizational growth, with extensive experience in corporate innovation, human-centered design and entrepreneurship. He has led innovation and service design work across numerous industries with clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, Intel, Kimberly-Clark, Colgate-Palmolive, Emerson and Merck. Clay brings a capacity for sharp analysis as well as keen creative insights. He complements our business strategy offering with his analytic rigor, as well as his ability to wrangle the numerous moving parts inherent in taking a service offering to market.
During the two days, aspirational thinking and a leadership development approach were the cornerstone
to specifically building upon the 16 previous months of collaborative work and efforts of the initial Think Tank members of 9 which now has evolved to twelve creative thought-leaders in every business segment across the US and internationally. A result of the work was evident! We created a stronger connection between the Think Tank members and key University stakeholders that would assist in our efforts of elevating our executive programs into something much broader and relevant for today’s business executive.
Greg McCann, co-creator of the Think Tank said that the Think Tank was created with the intent to help us in three ways. First it was meant to give us an international perspective on what leadership development is and could be. Secondly, we wanted to further enhance the practice of incorporating ongoing innovation into our EMBA and all of our graduate programs. Third, we wanted to further explore how innovation in the graduate curriculum could inform executive education programs we offer to the business community.